Air conditioning is a major issue during a good part of the year. Most homeowners are caught in a bad situation: On one hand they need to run the system in order to keep the house cool, or at least livable, for certain segments of the year, but the cost is prohibitive at best. They are caught between the hard rock of keeping cool and the bad place of sometimes exorbitant energy costs to pay for that cooling. In these situations it is possible to work with an A/C service in order to get the cost down using a number of different methods; by working with the service, it is possible to save quite a bit on the energy bill.
The first thing is to make sure that the air conditioning system actually works. It may not be a bad idea to have a professional look at the system in order to ensure that it is good condition, including making sure that the unit has any appropriate liquids (some older units use freon to cool down the air, for example). A lot of energy issues can be explained when any units in the home are not working as well as they should be. The home should also have few leaks; an air conditioning unit that has to keep cooling in order to allow for escaped cold air is going to use a lot more energy than it should as well.
There are a number of other tips that should be followed in order to make the best use of the air conditioning unit. There are going to be some choices that will need to be made, such as the decision between a dark house, which is usually cooler, or a sunlit home, which helps offset depression. Either way, consult with an A/C service for the best suggestions on how to keep cool while saving money.